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Anti-torture committee publishes its first report on Armenia

The Council of Europe's Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) has today published its first report on Armenia, following a visit to the country in October 2002.
28/07/2004
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In the report, the CPT concludes that people detained by the police in Armenia run a significant risk of being ill-treated. The Commitee therefore recommends that a high priority be given to professional training for police officers, including in modern investigation techniques.

The report also draws attention to overcrowding in prisons and the shortage of activities for inmates. Furthermore, the CPT calls for urgent steps to improve the conditions in which people sentenced to life imprisonment are being held at Nubarashen Prison, and highlights major deficiencies at Nubarashen Republican Psychiatric Hospital.

In their official responses to the report, the Armenian authorities refer to measures which have been taken to improve police training and to step up the control of police activities. The authorities also announce a reduction of the prison population, following the adoption of a new Criminal Code, and highlight measures aimed at improving conditions at the Nubarashen facilities.

The CPT report and the responses of the Armenian Government have been made public with the agreement of the Armenian authorities. They are all available on the CPT's website: www.cpt.coe.int